A window tint film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. More than the level of darkness, did you know you can choose what type of film should be installed on your car windows too?
There are many types of films available in the market today that caters to different needs and different preferences of the vehicle owner.
Dyed Window Film
This type of tint film is made by placing a layer of dye between an adhesive layer and a protective polyester top coating. The adhesive layer sticks to the window glass, while the top coating protects the film and prevents scrapes and scratches.
Dyed tint films produce the darkest effect, and it’s non-reflective. Many people its aesthetic, especially those who are after the privacy tinted cars give. Additionally, it provides extra protection for your car’s interior and reduce the probability of premature deterioration and fading of seat covers and dashboard due to sunlight. More importantly, this film blocks unwanted glare from headlights and other bright lights.
This type of film also does not block radio waves, meaning it will not interfere with an in-glass antenna.
However, you should consider that this type can have an unattractive bubbled appearance if installed incorrectly, much like any other tint film types. At the same time, this option does not block as much heat as other options. If you plan on piling on layers after layers, this type of film can delaminate, which means the layers can separate from one another.
Metalized Window Film
This type film consists of several layers: base layer (adhesive that sticks the film to the window; a film that blocks UV rays, a metalized film that reflects heat and darkens your windows and finally a protective layer to prevent scratches)
Metalized film does not fade over time and is extremely durable. However, this type of film can interfere with radio technology. In addition to in-glass antennae, the film can block your mobile phone signal, stop your tire pressure monitoring system from working properly, and cause other problems.
Car owners who prefer a more matte finish may dislike this option because it exudes a shinier appearance, due to the metal content. The most important thing to consider is its price, which can be a lot more expensive than the others.
Hybrid Tinting Film
Hybrid tint films offer the advantages of dyed and metalized films without their respective disadvantages. It consists of 4 layers: adhesive, a dyed film, a metalized film, and protective top coat.
This type is one of the more effective options that blocks heat, glare, and UV rays very effectively due to the reflective metal content. Thanks to its metalized layer, it fades slower and is more durable than most. But, because the percentage of metal was used to make it, it will not interfere with mobile phones and radio signals. Indeed, it is the perfect balance between the first two types.
Thanks to its lesser metal content, it does not come off as shiny and reflective as the metalized option. It also costs less.
Ceramic Films are produced through a newer technology. Being the latest alternative, this type consists of an adhesive layer bonded to a thin ceramic layer and protected by a top coat. It has the advantages similar to the other options with the aesthetic desired by most. However, it can be very costly and stocks are very limited. This is considered the priciest among the tint films offered in the market.
Whichever type of film you select; the most important thing is to choose the best tinting company to do the job. This is one of the most vital factors when deciding to have your car windows tinted. Never compromise because there are plenty of other dealers out there that will offer your perfect tint. With these price quotes and your research on each tint shop, you are able to make the best decision.